Distributed Energy Resources

DERs are key to a 100% carbon-free energy future

Estes Power and Communications, in collaboration with Platte River Power Authority and the three other owner communities of Longmont, Loveland, and Ft. Collins, are working to develop a strategy to integrate distributed energy resources (DERs). The ability to successfully integrate DERs will play an important role in achieving the goals of Platte River’s Resource Diversification Policy, which calls for a 100% noncarbon energy mix by 2030 provided that it can be done in a manner that is reliable, financially sustainable, and environmentally responsible.

As the strategy is being developed, citizens of Platte River’s owner communities will have opportunities to engage with the planning process through public listening sessions.
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DERs are physical or virtual devices or systems that can be deployed on the electric distribution system or on customer premises that can be used to provide value to all customers through electric system optimization and/or individual customer benefits.

DERs include:

  • Energy efficiency
    Methods of reducing energy used by equipment, an appliance, or process while still providing the same beneficial result.
  • Demand response
    Also known as responsive load, refers to shifts in energy usage to better align with times that energy supply is more readily available.
  • Distributed generation
    Technologies located on the distribution system that generate energy, like rooftop solar.
  • Distributed energy storage
    Includes technologies like batteries that can store energy from the electric system when it’s plentiful or inexpensive and return it to the system when needed.
  • Beneficial electrification
    Replaces fossil fuel use with electricity to reduce emissions and energy costs, including greater use of electric vehicles and electric heat pump technology.